Thursday's "The Big Bang Theory"
Meanwhile, "The Vampire Diaries
" had a big week and helped The CW beat both ABC and NBC in the key demographic for the 8 p.m. hour.
Among other notables, it was a dismal week for NBC's "1600 Penn" and, for the first time in a while, ABC's "Scandal" was either flat or down, depending on how the numbers shake out.
On to the ratings...
Among adults 18-49, FOX averaged a 3.9 rating for Thursday night, beating the 3.3 rating for CBS in the key demographic. ABC was far back in third with a 2.2 key demo rating, beating NBC's 1.2 rating and the 0.9 key demo rating for The CW.
Overall, though, CBS averaged an estimated 13.52 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/13 share for Thursday primetime, nipping the 7.9/12 and 13.5 million viewers for FOX. There was a big drop to ABC's 4.9/8 and 7.16 million viewers and then to the 2.1/3 and 3.17 million viewers for NBC. The CW averaged a 1.4/2 and 2.22 million viewers for the night.
[Univision had a big night with 5.84 million viewers and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49.]
8 p.m. -
CBS started primetime in first with "The Big Bang Theory" (17.34 million viewers and a 5.4 key demo) and "Two and a Half Men
" (13.44 million viewers and a 3.9 key demo). FOX was second for the hour (and first in the 8:30 half-hour) with 13.41 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, up from the comparable hour last week. ABC's "Zero Hour
" averaged 5.32 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating, dipping 21 percent in the key demo from last week's premiere. NBC was fourth with "Community
" (3.08 million and a 1.1 key demo) and "Parks and Recreation
" (3.03 million and a 1.3 key demo). The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" averaged 2.89 million viewers for fifth, but finished third with a 1.3 key demo rating, posting growth in every notable sub-demo.
9 p.m. -
"Person of Interest" dropped from last week to 14.13 million viewers, but still won the hour, finishing third with a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49. FOX's "American Idol" dominated the key demo with a 4.0 rating and finished a close second overall with 13.6 million viewers. Even with the "Idol" competition, "Grey's Anatomy
" was actually up from last week with 8.54 million viewers and a 3.0 key demo rating for ABC. NBC was fourth with a second "Parks and Recreation" episode (2.91 million and a 1.4 key demo rating") and a new "1600 Penn" (2.3 million and a 1.0 key demo). The CW's "Beauty and the Beast
" averaged 1.56 million viewers and a 0.6 key demo rating, up from last week.
10 p.m. - "Elementary" closed primetime in first overall for CBS with 11.05 million viewers and in second with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. ABC's "Scandal" won the hour with a 2.7 key demo rating and finished second with 7.62 million viewers. NBC was third with 3.86 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo rating for a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change.
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